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These photos of scientists on the job will make you seethe with envy

#BestFieldWorkPic combats the myth that science is boring.


Cynthia McKelvey


Posted on Apr 20, 2015   Updated on May 29, 2021, 12:51 am CDT

Scientists took to Twitter on Monday to debunk the myth that science is boring by sharing the best photos of their field trips using the hashtag #BestFieldWorkPic. Here’s a photo of ecologist Michelle LaRue with some stowaway penguins:

Or how about this one with biologist Jeffrey Carrier wrangling a nine. foot. nurse shark.

Here’s another photo of ecologist and “mud enthusiast” Vanessa Tobias accidentally starting a small marsh fire.

It all got started when zoologist and blogger Michelle Jewell proposed the new hashtag.

And it’s only blown up since then. Of course not every tweet shows the… glamor of wrangling sharks. Some tweets are about the dedication to the tireless pursuit of knowledge. Here’s an exhausted ichthyologist Prosanta Chakrabarty getting ready to do some cave fishing.

Of course you probably won’t be seeing a follow-up hashtag for this one. After the fun field day comes the hours upon hours of mundane data crunching, grant writing and the horrendous rigamarole of publication.

But it’s obviously worth it if getting to goof around in the mud is part of your job description.

See kids? Science is fun.

Screengrab via Benjamin P. Y-H. Lee (University of Kent)/Wikimedia (CC BY 4.0)

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*First Published: Apr 20, 2015, 10:10 pm CDT